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My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you
The most compelling evidence for evolution comes from the study of genes.
April 10th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you

Editor's Note: Karl W. Giberson, Ph.D., is vice president of The BioLogos Foundation and is the author or coauthor of seven books, including The Language of Science and Faith.

By Karl W. Giberson, Special to CNN

Jesus once famously said, “I am the Truth.”

Christianity at its best embodies this provocative idea and has long been committed to preserving, expanding and sharing truth. Most of the great universities of the world were founded by Christians committed to the truth—in all its forms—and to training new generations to carry it forward.

When science began in the 17th century, Christians eagerly applied the new knowledge to alleviate suffering and improve living conditions.

But when it comes to the truth of evolution, many Christians feel compelled to look the other way. They hold on to a particular interpretation of an ancient story in Genesis that they have fashioned into a modern account of origins - a story that began as an oral tradition for a wandering tribe of Jews thousands of years ago.

This is the view on display in a $27 million dollar Creation Museum in Kentucky. It inspired the Institute for Creation Research, which purports to offer scientific support for creationism.

And it’s hardly a fringe view. A 2010 Gallup poll indicated that 4 in 10 Americans think that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” (http://www.gallup.com/poll/145286/four-americans-believe-strict-creationism.aspx)

While Genesis contains wonderful insights into the relationship between God and the creation, it simply does not contain scientific ideas about the origin of the universe, the age of the earth or the development of life.

For more than two centuries, careful scientific research, much of it done by Christians, has demonstrated clearly that the earth is billions years old, not mere thousands, as many creationists argue. We now know that the human race began millions of years ago in Africa - not thousands of years ago in the Middle East, as the story in Genesis suggests.

And all life forms are related to each other though evolution. These are important truths that science has discovered through careful research. They are not “opinions” that can be set aside if you don’t like them.

Anyone who values truth must take these ideas seriously, for they have been established as true beyond any reasonable doubt.

There is much evidence for evolution. The most compelling comes from the study of genes, especially now that the Human Genome Project has been completed and the genomes of many other species being constantly mapped.

In particular, humans share an unfortunate “broken gene” with many other primates, including chimpanzees, orangutans, and macaques. This gene, which works fine in most mammals, enables the production of Vitamin C. Species with broken versions of the gene can’t make Vitamin C and must get it from foods like oranges and lemons.

Thousands of hapless sailors died painful deaths scurvy during the age of exploration because their “Vitamin C” gene was broken.

How can different species have identical broken genes? The only reasonable explanation is that they inherited it from a common ancestor.

Not surprisingly, evolution since the time of Darwin has claimed that humans, orangutans, chimpanzees, and macaques evolved recently from a common ancestor. The new evidence from genetics corroborates this.

Such evidence proves common ancestry with a level of certainty comparable to the evidence that the earth goes around the sun.

This is but one of many, many evidences that support the truth of evolution - that make it a “sacred fact” that Christians must embrace in the name of truth. And they should embrace this truth with enthusiasm, for this is the world that God created.

Christians must come to welcome - rather than fear - the ideas of evolution. Truths about Nature are sacred, for they speak of our Creator. Such truths constitute “God’s second book” for Christians to read alongside the Bible.

In the 17th century, Galileo used the metaphor of the “two books” to help Christians of his generation understand the sacred truth that the earth moves about the sun. “The Bible,” he liked to say, “tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens ago.”

To understand how the heavens go we must read the book of Nature, not the Bible.

The Book of nature reveals the truth that God created the world through gradual processes over billions of years, rather than over the course of six days, as many creationists believe.

Evolution does not contradict the Bible unless you force an unreasonable interpretation on that ancient book.

To suppose, as the so-called young earth creationists do, that God dictated modern scientific ideas to ancient and uncomprehending scribes is to distort the biblical message beyond recognition. Modern science was not in the worldview of the biblical authors and it is not in the Bible.

Science is not a sinister enterprise aimed at destroying faith. It’s an honest exploration of the wonderful world that God created.

We are often asked to think about what Jesus would do, if he lived among us today. Who would Jesus vote for? What car would he drive?

To these questions we should add “What would Jesus believe about origins?”

And the answer? Jesus would believe evolution, of course. He cares for the Truth.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Karl W. Giberson.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Culture & Science • Culture wars • Opinion • Science

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  1. Ted

    The science book I read said evolution was a Theory.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  2. YECsAreStupid

    So much stupidity and ignorance from the christians in these comments it's impossible to address them all. Everyone who doesn't think evolution is real needs to get together and form their own country so the rest of us don't have to have you holding back society. Seriously guys, read something other than the bible for once.

    May 1, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  3. Tensai13

    There is far more factual evidence supporting the theory of evolution than for the theory of gravity. Unfortunately for the religiously deluded, evolution completely undermines and destroys the very basis of their delusion and that is why they hurl vitriolic abuse at Darwin and contort themselves into these impossibly fantastic states of denial. So sad for the religious to have to live with crippled minds.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  4. Aye

    Well written!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  5. GI JOHN

    Your all nuts......foolish people following and being deceived by satan. You all defend a theory that vilolates it's own laws of science. That shows how powerful satans deceptions are in blinding you to the Truth. You have done no studies yourself, you just blindly believe what the empty headed scientist spews out. God will laugh at you on Judgement Day....which , by the way, is approaching at an alarming rate. Make fun, laugh, yuck it up at the imaginary God. Make fun of me and others who, by experience, know for a fact God exists. It does not matter that you make us look foolish. We accept this as part of being a follower of Christ. We do not have to prove God's existance to you! That is not what Jesus told us to do. We are to spread the Gospel, that is it. Don't argue with fools my brothers and sisters! Your giving in to your flesh when you argue with fools. The truth will be found out when they take their last breath in this fallen world. Then reality will set in for these doubters who slandered the Creator of the Universe. Woe to you Atheists and evolutionists! Proud and arrogant and so sure of yourself. Repent now while you still have breath in your lungs! So who will be the first fool to respond to this comment? Hmmmmmmm.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Eric G

      Thank you for your concern.

      I do need to question the hypocrisy in your statement of "Proud and arrogant and so sure of yourself" that you directed at others who do not share your views. You stated that you cannot prove your own belief to be true, but yet you claim knowledge that you cannot verify.

      Perhaps "proud and arrogant" are not the correct words to describe your position. Using logical terms, and based on the content of your post, ignorant and dishonest seem more fitting.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Scott

      Your post is immature, silly and wasted.
      Most of us stopped being impressed by threats of the wrath of the celestial boogie-man a long time ago

      May 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • BoAv

      Oh the "unbelievers" are doomed! I guess I am too, a person that attends mass at least 4 times a week, does community service, prays for an hour a day is going to rot in hell because I believe in evoulton, which the Holy See says is fine and agrees with the bible, oops I forgot Catholics are not Christains.. Are you going to suggest that everything revoles around the earth and the earth is 6000 years old aswell. Galilieo said." They "hurled various charges and published numerous writings filled with vain arguments, and they made the grave mistake of sprinkling these with passages taken from places in the Bible which they had failed to understand properly." They had "resolved to fabricate a shield for their fallacies out of the mantle of pretended religion and the authority of the Bible." Did not Jesus say something about first removing the log from your eye before removing the splinter from your brothers.

      January 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  6. Ituri

    The simple reality is that the more a religious people deny reality and scientific progress, the more quickly they create the destruction of their own religion. To deny reality makes your contribution to society negative, and a society cannot thrive on negative contributions. We're seeing the negative effects of mass religious delusion in the USA today in almost every way. Higher crime, behavioral laws that outlaw activities not liked by the religious, higher r ape, higher a bortion, higher S T D's, more violent crime, more child abuse, more spousal abuse, more divorce, lower educational standards, younger mothers and oftentimes single mothers with unwanted babies, due to a lack of s e xual education brought on by religious conservatism unwilling to bend in its extreme ideologies.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  7. Simple truth

    The simple truth here is that creationists don't worship God, they worship a book written by ignorant but well-meaning (in most cases) bronze age men. They are idolaters, and you know what the "Good Book" says about idolaters

    April 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Simple Lie

      It seems like you have believed in a simple lie.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  8. resnik11

    I'm of the opinion that monkeys evolved from humans and I can prove it. Just elect a human to congress and watch them evolve into monkeys. It doesn't take a million years just a few short months before they lose their ability to reason and make decisions.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  9. resnik11

    I really lose my patience with people that try to display themselves as someone that has an inside track into Jesus's mind and thoughts. Jesus did what he did, he thought what he thought and he acted as he acted. Because he was Jesus. Nobody can say that Jesus would have done this or Jesus would have done that. They just do not know how jesus would have reacted. Evolution is a scientific theory. It has never been proven that man evolved from anything other than man. I am comfortable with that and it really doesn't matter one bit where man originated. What are you comfortable with and what makes you enjoy life? Figure that out and ignore all of this blather about ameoba's, monkey's and macaques.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  10. Foremost

    Consider the mustard seed. Consider the Genus Brassica and all species derivations of God's most revered herb. Evolutionary, so many hardy forms. Good. Existant in both faith and nature as most beneficial nutritious and curative, a means of understanding truth.

    Derive this lesson from the Genus Brassica. When did you not honor God and your parents? How many children push aside brussel sprouts or kale or collard greens when young and committed first sin? And do you think if you went to your parents and asked for forgiveness now? Wouldn't they say "You are forgiven. You were young and did not know." A simple thing, an herb, a comprehensive truth.

    Much of the arguments on hominid evolution. Our species has dormant genes. The most obvious one is for a mandibular muscalature architecture, a powerful muscle from skull to jaw, presenting itself in all our Genus cousin species. Removal of this gene gives us who we are today – large cranium, small recessive jaw, narrow nose, rounder face and wide hipped female. Our mate choice has evolved to favor/attract those traits – resulting in a host of apparent complications – teeth crowding (wisdom teeth and bite problems), obsttructed upper airway (snoring and apneas indicative). This is observational evolution. We are endowed with intelligence and capability of manipulation to correct most architectural problems. Most of the disorders would be survival issues and a failure to thrive (Darwinist observation). But, we do make accomodations and in so doing there is longevity and promulgation of said traits. But, here is the gist of Knowledge, and of my understanding, We are now Endowed with the Capability to manipulate genes to correct or adjust deformities and deficiencies. My belief is the Creator has provided at His Time to know segment of HIs Truth for the benefit of all Man. Otherwise, our species survivalbility will be question wthin a few millenium.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:04 am |
  11. nohabla

    The odds of macro-evolution happening as evolutionists theorize is practically zero– the sheer number of mutations it would take, for example, to get from a fish to an amphibian is enormous. Thousands of independent events which must happen simultaneously... Like rolling a fair die and getting 6 every time, a thousand times in a row. You could repeat the experiment for billions of years, and even if you get one success, you have to then duplicate that success another thousand times. The odds are astronomically low, approaching zero. And intelligent creator is much more likely (add in the historical evidence concerning Christ...)

    April 25, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • attentionreader

      Well, they wouldn't need to happen simultaneously. Evolution happens over time, over billions of years. That's not simultaneous mutation.

      Also, consider not the mutations or differences between species, but what we have in common. You share genes in common with all species of animals, right down to the yeast used to make bread. I'm not going to ask you to explain that, but consider why all species of animals would need certain genes in common. A great example are genes for histones, which are the proteins that help to keep our DNA "rolled up", if you will. And yes, some of our proteins for histones are IDENTICAL to those found in yeast (and all other animals), which means that the genes are identical.

      May 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  12. gabo

    @Bob Bales,

    1. Rocks in Hawaii. That is but a myth perpetrated by creationist quacks.

    2. We don't need to know the sequence of mutations to know that the other apes and us share common ancestry. There is plenty of evidence that this is true beyond reasonable doubt. We have bred dogs to various shapes, and characteristics not found in their relatives the wolves. We have bred cabbages and other edible plants to have characteristics not found in their naturally occurring relatives. That we might have no idea yet of the sequence of mutations leading to our bred plants and animals does not change this reality one bit.

    April 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  13. SouthernCelt

    Human Evolution is still just a theory. As I recall my education the Church (e.g. One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, etc.) takes no position on whether or not evolution is true. All it says is that God was there at the absolute beginning and creation was His Idea. How He created life is irrelevant. In my opinion He Said it, and it became so.

    April 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Scott

      The problem is when you get into the details of Genesis. If the bible is the infallible word of god then he said a few things that are more contestable than “He Said it, and it became so.”

      April 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  14. X

    Seriously, this matter won't have a clear, definite answer that can persuade everyone even if we reach a billion comments...
    Surely some science n tech shake our faith and confuse us, but some things just cannot be defined or proven by our knowledge. I say we go to heaven and ask God ourselves

    April 24, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • SouthernCelt

      Truth is not a majority opinion. You are confusing Truth with Reality, which IS a majority opinion. Everyone is looking for truth, authenticity, and happiness. Since human existence has to be based on one or more philosophies, you can either accept religion, or base your existence on hedonism and the lesser philosophies. Not much of a choice. Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Are you going to bet your life on anything less?

      April 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  15. parichag

    All the arguments centre on the Old Testament facts as interpreted by young earth creationists. The historicity of Jesus Christ is beyond doubt the most attested fact in all of history. Even Napolean cannot claim the same level of historicity as the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This being Easter it behooves you to think about the reason we celebrate this magnificent scientific and moral achievement. No other fact in history has more corroborating evidence than the life of Jesus. Sure many doubt some of the stories of the bible (no me) but the basic facts of his life are beyond doubt and those that doubt have not done serious research or definitely use a different set of evidential rules when it comes to the person of Jesus Christ as it does to the evidence for evolution. The fact that we weren't there when the earth was made or when evolution happened means we have to use inference to believe.

    April 23, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • Natalie

      To be perfectly honest, the more I studied the life of Christ, and the "historical" evidence, the less I actually believed. And this was coming from a place of belief, of wanting to believe.

      The more I studied the facts, the history, the book itself, the more doubt I began to have in the physical presence of the man. The time was rife with itinerant preachers and "miracle workers".

      April 25, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • TomD

      Nat,
      One can study about a person, even learn many facts about that person, but they can never say know the person until they meet that person. When you have an encounter with Jesus Christ personally then you understand the facts about Him! And if He is Who and What He claims to be, then you can have that experience if you approach Him on His terms. Most people do not want to accept His terms and so they miss out on the meeting of Him! Call out to Him in truth and you will find Him! I did!

      April 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Scott

      @parichag: Please post sorces for “The historicity of Jesus Christ is beyond doubt the most attested fact in all of history.” I have searched all my life and not found them. Or will you keep silent and da_mn me to eternal hell?

      April 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  16. Joe Redbear

    Since were talking about evolution and thing's like that? How come no one has seen any sighns of this adam and eve? Where is this Noah and his family....Kane and able. Joseph and Marry... Jesus and his family. Where is the Ark? The Ten Commandments? The Burning Bush? Where? Oh...it's in the Book...my Bad. I beleive in fact's...not Fairy Tales.

    April 23, 2011 at 6:23 am |
    • vince

      Joe, please forgive us, we had Adam and Eve's wedding photo in a file with the 10 commandments but they were lost in a fire. Please, be realistic. Show me a photograph of Alexander the great. How about Julius Ceasars favorite robe? Oh you don't have them either? I guess we just throw away all reliable history that can't be proven in your living room.

      April 23, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Brown

      Joe Again man your lookin kinda dumb right now ok come on have you ever seen the wonders of the world??? no you say O MY GOSH!!! THATS CRAZY MAN ME EITHER!!! get real dude, i recommend that you stay away from commenting for a while till your actually able to come up with something that can actually be backed up..... jus sayin bro

      April 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • TomD

      Joe,
      In Revelation it tells of the judgments that come upon a Christ rejecting world and one of those judgments is scorching heat. That's when God will show the world Noah's Ark again, as the snow and ice that it is encased in melt and leave it sitting right out there in the open for all to see to serve as a reminder of the last time God judged the wickedness of man! But even when He does reveal it many will not turn to God not because there is no proof, but because they love their sin.

      April 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  17. Joe Redbear

    You people that can come up with a Bible verse to support your argument really make me laugh. How do you know thease thing's in that Book to be true? I mean really? Because someone, or some person said it is so? Because a bunch of people running around in a robe said it's so? Where are the fact's? There are none. Just some one's word. And millions beleive this to be true....It's about faith. Don't get me wrong, i beleive with all my heart in the creator. But when people make this person...you call Jesus, out to be all that? I can't do it. He was a man.. Sure he might of been holy. Done alot for his people. And that's good. But i can not in good faith put all my trust in a book. I need facts. Proof....and my proof is all around me....abouve me....and bellow me.

    April 23, 2011 at 6:11 am |
    • vince

      Hey Joe, you want to present evidence and then you throw away boatloads of scholarly evidence about the historical authenticity of the bible. The scientific study has been done, the textual evidence has been proven. I doubt you ever stood in the presence of Charles Darwin. I doubt you ever had a conversation with him. Yet I would imagine you believe he lived and you believe in his teachings. Why? You place your faith in the reliable testimony of others. If that testimony is true now will it not be true 2000 years from now?

      April 23, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • ThankYouLord

      When you read in the New Testament about how the apostles of Christ became bold and inspired by the Living God to go to foreign lands to proclaim the " Gospel ", The Good News to people who didn't know about Jesus, to teach it and ultimately to die for believing in Christ. You do not die for something unless you know for certain, it is true. John was the only disciple of Jesus who died a natural death, after being exiled to modern day Greece. When you begin to read the Holy Bible, it will transform your life!!!

      April 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  18. Believer

    Mr. Giberson falls into the fallacy of believing that He can choose what God would believe. Scientific theories are "redefined" all the time. That means once they are disproven or new facts come to light they are updated. This has been going on for hundreds of years. Of course the new theory is fact until disproven...again... But the bible stays the same.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • Then I saw her face

      Yes, but you don't live in strict accordance with the laws laid out in the books of Leviticus or Deuteronomy, now do you Believer?

      April 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • CL Jahn

      If, as you claim, "the Bible stays the same," why isn't it still written in Aramaic? The Bible has changed many times for many reasons. It's just a book, and subject to the whimsy of man. DNA, on the other hand, was there long before Man, and will exist long after. Which is God's creation? Well, any man can create a book. But while we can analyze DNA, we can't make it.

      The fallacy of those who fight science is that science negates God; nothing could be farther from the truth. Science can demonstrate that everything began with a big bang; but there is no argument to counter that event as God's creation. Thus, physics is God's Law, as is Evolution. DNA is His tool to accomplish His work.

      How arrogant to dictate that God can't work on scales we don't understand!

      April 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Tim

      Believer: I completely agree with you.

      Then I saw her face: The law Levitical, and Rubinic, laws were mostly written by people who were trying to interpret what God meant by the 10 Commandment. Jesus, himself, spent most of his earthly life angering the Pharisees by going against those laws. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law... there is no condemnation for those who repent of their sin and follow Him.

      CL Jahn: DNA is, by no means, evidence for evolution... it is, if anything, evidence to the contrary. Evolution says that DNA arose, through undirected processes, from the primordial soup after the earth was formed. Modern science has determined that what the atmosphere would had to have been like, during early atmospheric development, could not have stimulated the chemicals to produce the amino acids necessary to form the first strand of DNA. Even if DNA could have formed this way, it still could not have formed the least-complex single-celled organism. In order to do form a cell DNA must link amino-acids together to form a protein. Proteins are the building-blocks of the cell. One strand of DNA can build one type of protein. The simplest protein is around 150 amino-acids. The protein, then, has to fold correctly to fit into spot in the cell. The least-complex cell has between 300-400 proteins. ONE cell arising through undirected processes has the probability of 1 in 10^64... that's higher the probability of hitting a target the size of an atom with a dart thrown from space. This vastly exceeds the parameters for a mathematical-impossibility.
      The Bible was written in Hebrew and Koine Greek, not Aramaic (but there are Aramaic quotes contained within the scriptures). It has about 40 differences between the earliest manuscripts [all but two are spelling]... compared to Homer's "The Iliad" (number two in the least amount of differences) with 646. The Bible must be translated to reach the people of the world, this translation, however, does not change the message. It's not the words that matter, it's the message those words bring.

      April 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Eric G

      @Tim: Thank you for posting Ted Holden's attempts to discredit abiogenesis theory. Unfortunately, Mr. Holden's concerns are invalid becuase the claims he attributes to the theory in them are incorrect. Please research the theory for yourself and develop an understanding of the data.

      Do not trust the words of others. Examine the evidence for yourself and form a conclusion. I can provide references if you require them.

      Good luck in your quest for knowledge!

      April 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Kati

      The Bible is the living Word of God. Anyone who has ever read would know it. It is everchanging. The written words may stay the same, but when you read them ask God for the interpretation and He will open your heart in so many different ways. It's is not just the message, it is a pathway and a building block of your relationship with God.

      April 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Scott

      @Beliver: If you take a closer (less biased) look, you would see that almost always “redefined” theories does not mean the previous one was disproved; but instead improved or added to. Einstein did not “disprove” Newton. In fact he agrees with everything Newton said about gravity. Einstein simply dsicovered more to say about it

      April 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • attentionreader

      "Evolution says that DNA arose, through undirected processes, from the primordial soup after the earth was formed. Modern science has determined that what the atmosphere would had to have been like, during early atmospheric development, could not have stimulated the chemicals to produce the amino acids necessary to form the first strand of DNA. Even if DNA could have formed this way, it still could not have formed the least-complex single-celled organism. In order to do form a cell DNA must link amino-acids together to form a protein. Proteins are the building-blocks of the cell. One strand of DNA can build one type of protein. The simplest protein is around 150 amino-acids. The protein, then, has to fold correctly to fit into spot in the cell. The least-complex cell has between 300-400 proteins. ONE cell arising through undirected processes has the probability of 1 in 10^64... that's higher the probability of hitting a target the size of an atom with a dart thrown from space. This vastly exceeds the parameters for a mathematical-impossibility."

      @Tim:
      I'm curious to know where you read that bit about scientists showing that the "primordial soup" in no way could have resulted in nucleic or amino acids. Can you cite an article? Also, I learned that not DNA, but RNA probably was the first nucleic acid chain that "arose", since RNA can possess both coding and enzymatic activities. This is unlike DNA, which possesses only protein coding abilities. And the one gene:one protein hypothesis has been modified, since we now know about alternative splicing. One gene has the potential to code for many different proteins (although these proteins are usually related). Your calculations also don't take into account that less favorable cells/proteins/whatever would not have survived. Hence the theory of natural selection, which goes hand-in-hand with the theory of evolution. As soon as one successful cell formed (which may have happened relatively quickly, since there were no regulatory mechanisms to keep mutations in check), this cell would have proliferated over all others.

      May 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  19. Megan

    God created nature and God created the bible. I believe that anything God creates is the full truth. God would not create these two things to be in conflict with each other. Faith and science are the human interpretations of the bible and nature. The problems between faith and science are occurring because humans are misinterpreting both. If in nature, we are finding evidence for evolution, then I believe that evolution has occurred and is occurring. We are just misinterpreting the bible and God's way of explaining creation. Christians interpret the bible in different ways all the time and that is why there are so many different branches of Christianity. It's ok for Christians to have different ideas on the topic of evolution because believing or not believing in it is not a matter of going to heaven or hell. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins and I accept him fully as my savior. But, I also believe God created the universe through gradual processes. I know that many people believe God created the world in 7 days and that is ok too! As Christian's we need to respect each others ideas on this topic and not condemn people who do not share our beliefs. One of the first things I'm going to do when I get to heaven is ask God how he created and I can't wait to hear his answer.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • ebay

      Here's the difference: evolution is a FACT and creationism is a BELIEF. You can't put the two in the same category because there is definite evidence that evolution is true, while on the other hand, there is absolutely no evidence to support the theory that a god created the universe. Yes, we can never say for sure that a god didn't create the universe, but if that is in fact the case it was done through the means of evolution and not creationism. People need to look at the evidence at hand instead of trying to explain and define their lives through a book that was written thousands of years ago. Those who wrote the book of Genesis were trying to explain the origin of the world without the scientific understanding that we now have. God is only needed as an explanation while something is not understood and as soon as a given mystery of the universe can be explained, god become irrelevant.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  20. Barbara Barrs

    Again, to those who believe in "evolution" the old question keeps coming up: Why are there still fish, monkeys, etc. etc.? Evolution is a lie. God's creation did not "evolve". God's creation is His gift to us.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • D

      Because we came from common ancestors? Even AIG states not to use this argument anymore because it is so easy to argue against. Go read a science book.

      April 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Chartreux

      Explain how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics then, if there's no such thing as evolution.

      April 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • David

      Because, these animals have all evolved to their "here and now" state. All life continues so slowly during our lifetime that it goes unnoticed much like your brain.

      April 23, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • JPC

      The question "If human beings are descended from apes, then why are there still apes?" reflects a basic misunderstanding of what evolution actually says.

      And the answer is exactly the same as the answer to this question: "If Americans are descended from Europeans, then why are there still Europeans?"

      April 24, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Michael Scarborough

      As a Christian I have no problem accepting the scientific evidence in support of evolution. How God went about creating the universe and all life forms is His business, and I am not so arrogant that I have to believe that the Bible describes to me absolutely everything God has done exactly the way He did it. The closed minded mentality of dogmatic creationism makes modern medical technology (and all the misery it has eliminated) impossible. Would God want that?

      April 25, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Beek

      Why, given the origins of English, French, and Italian do we still have Latin and German?

      April 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Ituri

      Asking why there are still fish and monkeys is like asking why there are still Britains now that we've "evolved" into Americans. Come on, use some sense. I know you have a large brain, we all evolved them as a species.

      April 26, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • KC

      To those who argue the presence of fish, monkeys, etc., indicate are a fallacy of evolution:
      If it's cold outside, you put on a jacket. Does that mean everybody, everywhere puts on a jacket? No, only you and those in your area adapted to the conditions. Similarly, animals will adapt as necessary, but that does not mean their entire species will evolve.

      April 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • oz

      LOL. It happens slowly over time – much longer than your single lifetime. LOL

      April 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Brian

      Man has made our creator into a God. It would be nice to know how he, or she feel about having that burden put upon them.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:40 am |
    • TheGeneticist

      Becuase there is evidence of evolution in genes like the author says. How do you prove your fairy tale theory? It seems like science was never your subject if there was any at all.

      April 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • hunnicupp

      I love how this topic only confirms the close mindedness and ignorance of those who choose to deny the facts that have come about (by God's will).

      Why don't any of you actually read up on how evolution works. You will then understand how dumb you sound when you say things like "if evolution were true why are there still apes? Shouldn't we all have evolved into humans?"

      *SIGH* I'm sad that we have so many ignorant, blind sheep in this world. If only the human race would realized that it is religion that is generally the main cause of all the evil in the world. Please people....wake up and realize that "god" gave you a brain to use.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • ran pearson

      I do not claim to be right but I BELIEVE EVOLUTION IS A LIE BECAUSE I AM A CHRISTIAN!!! God knows and sees all. If you don't believe me, just wait til judgement day.

      April 30, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Scott

      @ran pearson: If only all Christians were so reasonable as you. So many problems would go away if everyone would acknowledge that “I might not be right” before they declare what they believe. ( By the way, I’m a pro-evolution atheist)

      April 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
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